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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 13, 2019. 5 comments

Japan's Asteroid Probe Is Finally Returning to Earth With Its Precious Cargo

Japan's Asteroid Probe Is Finally Returning to Earth With Its Precious Cargo

The Japanese space agency has declared an end to the exploratory phase of the Hayabusa2 mission. Beginning tomorrow, the overachieving spacecraft will leave Ryugu and head back to Earth, bringing—hopefully—its asteroid samples along with it.

After a year and a half of exploratory work around the Ryugu asteroid, the time has finally come for JAXA’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft to return home.

At 10:05...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Oct 04, 2019. 1 comments

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Releases Its Final Probe for Exploring Asteroid Ryugu

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Releases Its Final Probe for Exploring Asteroid Ryugu

The tiny Minerva-II2 probe is now en route to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, having been deployed by Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft on Thursday. It’s the final phase of this wildly successful mission and the last item on the to-do list before the spacecraft makes its journey back to Earth.

Hayabusa2 released the Minerva-II2 probe at 12:57 a.m. Japan time on October 3 (11:57 p.m. ET on...

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Aug 23, 2019. 7 comments

Esta es la foto más cercana a un asteroide que se ha tomado nunca y algo en ella resulta muy familiar

Esta es la foto más cercana a un asteroide que se ha tomado nunca y algo en ella resulta muy familiar

El 3 de octubre de 2018, la nave espacial Hayabusa2 lanzó un módulo de aterrizaje a la superficie del asteroide Ryugu desde 41 metros de altura. El módulo MASCOT golpeó una roca y rebotó 17 metros a lo largo de la superficie del asteroide antes de quedarse boca abajo en un agujero.

Pero aquel no fue el final para MASCOT. El módulo de aterrizaje pudo darse la vuelta y tomar algunas imágenes...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 11, 2019. 5 comments

Japan Makes History as Hayabusa2 Attempts to Collect Underground Samples From Asteroid

Japan Makes History as Hayabusa2 Attempts to Collect Underground Samples From Asteroid

Earlier today, Japan’s Hayabusa2 may have become the first probe in history to collect material from beneath the surface of an asteroid—a mission that could yield important new insights about the early stages of our solar system. The attempt alone is an exciting achievement, but we won’t know for sure whether the probe successfully gathered samples until it returns to Earth next year.

“From...

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Carlos Zahumenszky Carlos Zahumenszky Jul 11, 2019. 5 comments

La sonda japonesa Hayabusa 2 aterriza de nuevo con éxito sobre el asteroide Ryugu para tomar muestras

La sonda japonesa Hayabusa 2 aterriza de nuevo con éxito sobre el asteroide Ryugu para tomar muestras

Mientras los demás atendemos nuestros asuntos cotidianos, una sonda espacial del tamaño de una nevera ha logrado posarse con éxito sobre un asteroide a 300 millones de kilómetros de nuestro planeta. No es la primera vez que lo hace, pero este nuevo hito es especialmente importante por lo que va a traer de vuelta.

Aunque no está suscitando tanta expectación como la misión Rosetta que visitó el...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky May 22, 2019. 1 comments

With Time Running Out, Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Fails to Drop Target Marker on Asteroid

With Time Running Out, Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Fails to Drop Target Marker on Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe aborted an attempt to drop a highly reflective target marker on the surface of Ryugu in preparation for its second sample extraction mission. But with surface temperatures rising steadily on the asteroid, the probe is running out of time.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is in the midst of contemplating a second touchdown mission for Hayabusa2 to collect...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Apr 25, 2019. 7 comments

New Photos Show the Surprisingly Big Crater Blasted Into Asteroid Ryugu by Japan's Hayabusa2 Probe

New Photos Show the Surprisingly Big Crater Blasted Into Asteroid Ryugu by Japan's Hayabusa2 Probe

Earlier this month, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft used an explosive device to create an artificial crater on the Ryugu asteroid, but the probe couldn’t stick around to confirm the job for fear of being damaged by debris. The Japanese space agency has now confirmed the artificial crater—but it’s not exactly what they expected.

Earlier today, while flying at an altitude of 1,700 meters (5,500 feet)...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Apr 05, 2019. 9 comments

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Blasts Artificial Crater in Asteroid Ryugu's Surface

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Blasts Artificial Crater in Asteroid Ryugu's Surface

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed yet another intense mission: It used an explosive to blast a crater in the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. This success comes after the probe briefly touched down on the asteroid in February, firing a tantalum bullet into the surface in hopes of kicking up debris.

On Thursday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 deployed its Small...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Mar 19, 2019. 4 comments

The Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu Just Dropped Its First Scientific Results

The Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu Just Dropped Its First Scientific Results

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 mission has released its first batch of scientific results on asteroid Ryugu—and it’s revealed a bunch of surprises about the small, spinning rock.

Hayabusa2 is one of two missions currently visiting and attempting to collect samples from asteroids near the Earth. Its initial observations have already revealed a Ryugu that differed from...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Mar 05, 2019. 11 comments

New Video Shows the Critical Moment Hayabusa2 Fired a Bullet Into Ryugu Asteroid

New Video Shows the Critical Moment Hayabusa2 Fired a Bullet Into Ryugu Asteroid
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFVideo showing the touchdown and ascent at four-times normal speed. GIF: JAXA/Gizmodo

An encouraging new video released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency shows Hayabusa2 briefly touching down on the surface of Ryugu, capturing the climactic moment when the spacecraft fired a bullet into the asteroid’s...

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Miguel Jorge Miguel Jorge Mar 05, 2019. 5 comments

Japón publica el alucinante vídeo de la sonda Hayabusa 2 tomando muestras del asteroide Ryugu  

Japón publica el alucinante vídeo de la sonda Hayabusa 2 tomando muestras del asteroide Ryugu  

La agencia espacial japonesa (JAXA) acaba de revelar las primeras imágenes tomadas el mes pasado por la sonda Hayabusa 2. Lo que vemos: el momento en que toca la superficie del asteroide Ryugu recogiendo las primeras muestras de material.

Hayabusa 2 “aterrizó” en la superficie del asteroide el pasado viernes 22 de febrero a una distancia de 310 millones de kilómetros de la Tierra, el segundo...

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Feb 26, 2019. 5 comments

Aparece esta extraña mancha oscura en el lugar donde la sonda Hayabusa 2 tomó la muestra del asteroide Ryugu

Aparece esta extraña mancha oscura en el lugar donde la sonda Hayabusa 2 tomó la muestra del asteroide Ryugu

La sonda japonesa Hayabusa 2 tomó muestras con éxito del asteroide Ryugu la semana pasada, explotando su superficie y, con suerte, recogiendo muestras. Una nueva imagen lanzada por JAXA muestra una mancha distintiva en el asteroide en el que se realizó el procedimiento, pero la causa de la característica de superficie oscura no está clara.

La misión de Japón de extraer muestras de superficie...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Feb 26, 2019. 12 comments

Dramatic Dark Smudge Appears Where Hayabusa2 Landed on Ryugu Asteroid

Dramatic Dark Smudge Appears Where Hayabusa2 Landed on Ryugu Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe touched down successfully on the Ryugu asteroid late last week, blasting its surface and—hopefully—collecting samples. A new image released by JAXA shows a distinctive smudge on the asteroid where the procedure took place, but the cause of the dark surface feature isn’t immediately clear.

Japan’s mission to extract surface samples from an asteroid and return them to...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Feb 22, 2019. 5 comments

Japanese Spacecraft Hayabusa2 Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu

Japanese Spacecraft Hayabusa2 Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed one of its most exciting challenges yet: On Thursday evening, it touched down on the asteroid Ryugu, fired a tantalum bullet into the rocky surface, and ascended back into orbit around the tiny world, according to updates from the mission’s English-language Twitter account.

During its brief contact with the asteroid, the spacecraft should have...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 16, 2018. 5 comments

Hayabusa2's Mission to Touch Down on the Asteroid Ryugu Has Been Delayed Until 2019

Hayabusa2's Mission to Touch Down on the Asteroid Ryugu Has Been Delayed Until 2019

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has delayed the touchdown of the main section of the Hayabusa2 probe on the asteroid Ryugu from this month until January 2019, Nature reported, after mission scientists determined that the Ryugu’s surface is rougher than expected and the landing needs more planning time.

While Hayabusa2 carries a number of smaller rovers, some of which have already...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Oct 03, 2018. 4 comments

A Third Probe Has Landed on Asteroid Ryugu—but It Has Just 16 Hours to Live [Update: RIP]

A Third Probe Has Landed on Asteroid Ryugu—but It Has Just 16 Hours to Live [Update: RIP]

A German-French probe called MASCOT is now collecting valuable data from the surface of Ryugu, an asteroid located 190 million miles from Earth. But it better get cracking—the shoebox-sized probe has only 16 hours to live.

The 22-pound (10 kg) probe was designed and built by the German Aerospace Center, or Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR), in close cooperation with the French...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 29, 2018. 17 comments

The Hayabusa2 Rovers Just Made a Movie on the Surface of an Asteroid

The Hayabusa2 Rovers Just Made a Movie on the Surface of an Asteroid

Japan’s MINERVA-II rovers have sent back a batch of new photos from Ryugu, including a stunning new video taken from the asteroid’s rocky surface.

The 15-frame video was captured by MINERVA-II2, also known as Rover 1B, on September 23, the same day that it and its companion, MINERVA-II1, landed on Ryugu , an asteroid located 174 million miles (280 million kilometers) from Earth. The rovers...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Sep 13, 2018. 6 comments

Hayabusa2's First Practice Attempt to Land on Ryugu Asteroid Didn’t Go So Well

Hayabusa2's First Practice Attempt to Land on Ryugu Asteroid Didn’t Go So Well

Japan’s Hayabusa2 project experienced a (hopefully) minor setback yesterday when the spacecraft failed to complete a practice session during preparations for its much-anticipated touchdown on the Ryugu asteroid.

Launched by JAXA in December 2014, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will attempt to extract material from the surface of Ryugu, a 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) asteroid located approximately...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 23, 2018. 7 comments

Here's Where Hayabusa2 Will Try to Land on the Asteroid Ryugu

Here's Where Hayabusa2 Will Try to Land on the Asteroid Ryugu

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced where its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will attempt a landing on the asteroid Ryugu.

Hayabusa2 launched in December 2014 with the goal of bringing a sample of an asteroid back to Earth. Its target is Ryugu, a 3,000-meter-wide asteroid containing water and organic molecules—the building blocks of our own planet. The spacecraft has been...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 08, 2018. 6 comments

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Captures First Close-Up Image of Ryugu Asteroid

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Captures First Close-Up Image of Ryugu Asteroid

Earlier today, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft came tantalizingly close to Ryugu, offering an unprecedented view of the asteroid’s boulder-strewn surface.

Two weeks ago, Hayabusa2 came to within six kilometers (3.7 miles) of Ryugu , but today’s descent, the third of the mission, saw Hayabusa2 come to within 851 meters (2,800 feet) of the asteroid, making it the closest encounter to date. Mission...

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